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    Friday, March 15, 2019
    FMCSA has launched a new website with information about the upcoming implementation of its CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, which employers will be required to use beginning January 2020. Resources include fact sheets, FAQs and a place to sign up for email updates. The rule, finalized in late 2016, impacts all CDL holders who operate on public roads. FMCSA says the clearinghouse will be a ...read more
    Categories: General
    Tuesday, March 12, 2019
    For more information: (503) 373-0000, option 1 for information about over-dimension loads; (503) 378-6699 for information about registration services      March 11, 2019 HUNTINGTON – The Oregon Department of Transportation Port of Entry at Farewell Bend on Interstate 84 between Baker City and Ontario will be closed for major roadway and ramp repairs for approximately two months starting ...read more
    Categories: General
    Friday, March 08, 2019
    For more information: (503) 373-0000, option 1 for information about over-dimension loads; (503) 378-6699 for information about registration services  BROOKINGS – U.S. Highway 101 is expected to open at noon on Saturday, Mar. 8, after the highway had been closed nearly two weeks by a slide at Hooskanaden Creek, about 12 miles north of Brookings.  Commercial traffic, as well as permitted ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Traffic-Road Closures
    Friday, March 01, 2019
    Multiple Highways - Shamrock Run (Portland)https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/MCT/Restriction%20Letters/031719_Shamrock_Run.pdf I-5 NB & SB Exits 253 & 258 (Salem)https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/MCT/Restriction%20Letters/031819_I-5_Exits_253_and_258.pdf I-5 SB Exit 301 to I-84 EB (Portland)https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/MCT/Restriction%20Letters/040119_I-5_SB_to_I-84_EB.pdf I-84 WB to I-5 NB ...read more
    Categories: General
    Thursday, February 28, 2019
    IR-2019-28  WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service will waive the estimated tax penalty for any qualifying farmer or fisherman who files his or her 2018 federal income tax return and pays any tax due by Monday, April 15, 2019. The deadline is Wednesday, April 17, 2019, for taxpayers residing in Maine or Massachusetts.   The IRS is providing this relief because, due to certain rule changes, ...read more
    Categories: General
    Wednesday, February 27, 2019
    Length Restrictions on Carpenterville Highway   For more information: (503) 373-0000, option 1 for information about over-dimension loads; (503) 378-6699 for information about registration services    U.S. 101 is currently closed in both directions at MP 344, about 12 miles north of Brookings, due to a slide. Carpenterville Highway is a detour, but the Motor Carrier Transportation Division ...read more
    Categories: Traffic-Road Closures
    Wednesday, February 27, 2019
    Rose Quarter environmental assessment ready for public comment Feb. 15, 2019 For more information, contact Don Hamilton, 503-704-7452, don.hamilton@odot.state.or.us PORTLAND – The Oregon Department of Transportation and the City of Portland invite the public to comment on the environmental assessment findings released Friday for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project. This project proposes ...read more
    Categories: General
    Tuesday, February 26, 2019
    I-5 at I-84 Interchange OPEN this weekend All ramps at the I-5 at I-84 interchange will be OPEN this weekend. The previously scheduled flood testing work will be rescheduled when temperatures are above freezing, making this work safe for our team and the public. We’ll follow up with you next week with an updated schedule. Thank you for your patience as we put the finishing touches on this ...read more
    Categories: Traffic-Road Closures
    Monday, February 25, 2019
    For more information: (503) 373-0000, option 1 for information about over-dimension loads; (503) 378-6699 for information about registration services   The inspections on I-84 will occur whenever chains are required for trucks Feb. 24,2019 HOOD RIVER – New rules enforcing chain-up requirements are in place in the Columbia River Gorge to make sure trucks follow proper safety guidelines during ...read more
    Categories: General
    Friday, February 22, 2019
    Major bridge work to take over two years to completeASTORIA—Major repairs to the New Youngs Bay Bridge, an important connection between Astoria and Warrenton on U.S. 101, will begin in March. The extensive repair work is expected to take over two years to complete (2019-2021).What can the traveling public expect:Periodic single lane closures at night to allow the contractor to move equipment. The ...read more
    Categories: Traffic-Road Closures, Press Release
    Friday, February 15, 2019
    Not only is the lack of available truck parking across the nation costing drivers, it’s also pushing drivers out of the business and contributing to the driver shortage, according to experts. American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) estimates that average drivers spend close to an hour a day looking for parking – time they don’t get paid for. ATRI VP of Research Dan Murray stated at a ...read more
    Thursday, February 14, 2019
    Weather remains an issue on I-84 through the Columbia Gorge. The interstate reopened Wednesday night, but westbound traffic was moving slowly. Freezing rain was forecast to continue into Thursday. ODOT has advised trucks to avoid driving in the Gorge if at all possible. Parking for trucks has been scarce especially in The Dalles and Biggs. Read more
    Categories: Traffic-Road Closures
    Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    The American Transportation Research Institute has just released a study that reaffirms that, thanks to the increase in e-commerce, the trucking industry is feeling the pressure to adjust its operations and adapt to smaller delivery windows and shorter hauls. On a positive note, the rise of online shopping and e-commerce may help the driver shortage problem as local pickup and delivery operations ...read more
    Categories: General
    Monday, January 07, 2019
    2019 Registration Period Now Open The federal government has announced reduced annual fees in 2019 for commercial carriers and other entities required by law to participate in the Unified Carrier Registration Plan (UCR). The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which has oversight of UCR, published the final rulemaking on December 28.  The 2019 UCR registration period is now ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Thursday, January 03, 2019
    The Oregon Secretary of State has concluded an Audit of our online system, and one of their recommendations relating to security is for users to increase password length and complexity to comply with statewide IT standards. The new passwords must include the following:Must be at least 10 characters longMust contain one capital letterMust contain at least one number (0-9)Must contain at least one ...read more
    Categories: Press Release
    Thursday, January 03, 2019
    As announced late last week, FMCSA said that carriers do not have to comply with California laws requiring employers to provide workers with regular meal breaks and paid rest breaks, rebuking a 2014 federal court ruling. FMCSA will grant a petition filed in September by ATA, which asked that the agency exempt carriers from the California-specific break laws, arguing that they interfere with ...read more
    Categories: General
    Thursday, January 03, 2019
    Since a Presidential Proclamation in 2010, January has been designated Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, with Friday, January 11 being National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, human trafficking is a crime in which force, fraud or coercion is used to compel a person to perform labor, services or commercial sex, affecting all populations, ...read more
    Categories: General
    Thursday, January 03, 2019
    A federal judge in California is challenging a ruling issued by the California Supreme Court in April that established new criteria for how carriers should discern employee drivers vs. independent contractors. Judge James Otero, a U.S. District Judge in California’s Central District, said in his Nov. 15 opinion that federal law, when it comes to truck transportation, pre-empts the state’s strict ...read more
    Categories: General
    Wednesday, December 05, 2018
    A final rule from FMCSA that allows medical examiners, in consultation with a truck driver’s treating clinician, to decide if an insulin-treated diabetic driver is qualified to get behind the wheel became effective in November. The rule eliminates the need for a driver to wait two or three months while an exemption request is processed, after being automatically disqualified for having the ...read more
    Categories: General
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